Sweetwater Car Theft Suspects Arrested in Big Spring

Staff Writer

The Howard County Sher­iff’s Office issued the follow­ing press release regarding the high speed chase, which left one Sheriff Deputy SUV in the side of Sam’s Package Store, on Friday morning.
According to the press re­lease, the Howard County Dispatch Center was noti­fied, Friday at 6:34 a.m., that two stolen vehicles had been located in Sterling City. Fri­day morning it was reported, as it vehicles had been stolen from a hotel in Sweetwater, Texas.
Both vehicles, 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Pickups, were registered to Utilitec LLC from Oklahoma. The trucks were unlocked and the keys were in the vehicles. How­ard County Dispatch was told the vehicles were on Hwy 87 headed toward How­ard County at speeds over 90 mph. Deputies with the Howard County Sheriff’s Of­fice engaged both vehicles approximately seven miles south of Big Spring. Both vehicles refused to stop and Deputies began pursuing both vehicles. As the vehi­cles approached Big Spring, members of the Big Spring Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety also engaged in the pursuit.
According to the press re­lease, as the vehicles entered Big Spring, one vehicle lost control while attempting to turn onto FM 700. The ve­hicle regained control and went the wrong way on the “turn around” lane over FM 700. The vehicle then entered back onto Hwy 87 (Gregg St) as he was followed by a Dep­uty. As the Deputy entered back onto Hwy 87, he was intentionally struck by the second stolen vehicle forcing the Deputy’s vehicle into the Sam’s Package Store build­ing located at 2409 S. Gregg. At that time, an ambulance was called for Deputy Domi­nic Rocha.
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